Today we’re joined by Diana. I met Diana when she stopped by my table at Indiana Comic Con. Diana is a bright, prolific, up and coming writer who enjoys writing a variety of things. She writes both original work and fanfiction. Aside from writing, Diana also dabbles in visual art. She’s an artist who has an incredibly bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do almost anything. I write, sing, paint, sketch, and anything that catches my attention, really. Writing is one of the main things I do, though. To me, writing is a way to vent however you want. In our stress-filled society, venting is important and healthy and is the best way to do it is to create a character like yourself and have them so whatever. In a fictional world, anything is possible so I use that to my advantage.
What inspires you?
Music and photos. Classical music or soundtracks from my favorite shows/movies really help get me in the mood to write emotional parts. Photos give me ideas and settings I can use. They help create the perfect setting for a battle or a love confession that ends in tears. Some of the most emotional scenes in my stories come from those two things.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been trying to write, honestly. I remember one story I tried to write when I was about four called, The Sun and The Moon, but I got stuck on the second page. I was also forced to write in school on boring topics like animals, but I would change those up into magical adventures the animal would have to take to reach their food or get into the barn. I wanted to be an artist when I was in third grade, but that dream was shut down by my teacher, who didn’t support me due to the fact I was the oddball of the class. Then, when I was in sixth grade, I started to get into writing and everything changed. I began to write on the internet and got to improve my skills by reading books, so I would say the types of arts I wanted to do were different, but I’ve always wanted to be an artist in some way.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
In writing, I love to use humor, especially pervy jokes. I know it may kind of odd for being asexual, but people seem to love it, so I’ll continue to use them to make my readers laugh.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Do what feels right. Being an artist is one of the best things that can ever happen. Creativity is a talent because not many people can take a simple idea and make it complex and interesting. We need artists to make this world a more colorful place because there are so many people who find hope in art. In a way, art takes them into a different realm. Use your creativity to help others escape reality for a few minutes.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
As long as it doesn’t involve me, I don’t care. I do get annoyed when people are all lovey-dovey and kissy-kissy in public, though. I admit to writing some dirty things, but that was due to requests from my readers. I have no problem writing those kinds of things. If it makes my readers happy, then I’ll continue writing. What people do in their spare time isn’t really something I should worry about. As long as I’m not involved, they can do whatever they want.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
No. So far I’ve only had support and no one really thinks any differently of me. If anyone said something that offended me, I’d either fire back with a smart remark or ignore it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Apparently people think being asexual is not being a gender and that it’s just a phase.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
If you’re ashamed of who you are, then go eat a cookie and vent to a friend that will give good advice. Everyone goes through some sort of struggle with their sexual orientation, but it’s OK if you go through a little struggle. If there are people who don’t support you and are bringing you down, then ignore them and find something to do. Trying to change who you are for other people is the worst thing you can do because that means you’re being someone you’re not. Try eating your favorite food, watch your favorite show, and vent in a safe way.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can find me on Wattpad. I am Phantomhive_Butler and I write xReader fanfiction with video game and anime characters. They’re a bit on the less formal side of writing, but they’re pretty fun to read.
Thank you, Diana, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.